A Trip to the Moon - Framed Picture - 12" x 16"
A Trip to the Moon is a 1902 French adventure film directed by Georges Melies.
Inspired by a wide variety of sources, including Jules Verne's novels From the Earth to the Moon and Around the Moon, the film follows a group of astronomers who travel to the Moon in a cannon-propelled capsule, explore the Moon's surface, escape from an underground group of Selenites (lunar inhabitants), and return to Earth with a captive Selenite.
It features an ensemble cast of French theatrical performers, led by Melies himself in the main role of Professor Barbenfouillis, and is filmed in the overtly theatrical style for which Melies became famous.
The film was an internationally popular success on its release, and was extensively pirated by other studios, especially in the United States. Its unusual length, lavish production values, innovative special effects, and emphasis on storytelling were markedly influential on other film-makers and ultimately on the development of narrative film as a whole.
Scholars have commented upon the film's extensive use of pataphysical and anti-imperialist satire, as well as on its wide influence on later film-makers and its artistic significance within the French theatrical feerie tradition. Though the film disappeared into obscurity after Melies's retirement from the film industry, it was rediscovered around 1930, when Melies's importance to the history of cinema was beginning to be recognized by film devotees.
A Trip to the Moon was named one of the 100 greatest films of the 20th century by The Village Voice, ranked 84th.
The film remains the best-known of the hundreds of films made by Melies, and the moment in which the capsule lands in the Moon's eye remains one of the most iconic and frequently referenced images in the history of cinema.
It is widely regarded as the earliest example of the science fiction film genre and, more generally, as one of the most influential films in cinema history.